accidentNine persons were in the early hours of Friday, died in an accident at Ezzamgbo junction in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
Of the nine, eight were said to be members of the Labour Party, LP, Ebonyi state chapter, who were said to be heading to Enugu state to witness the Ebonyi governorship ruling. The ninth person was the conductor of the tipper that collided with the Toyota Sienna bus the party supporters were travelling in.
The accident involved a Toyota Sienna bus and an articulated vehicle with registration number HKW 436 XA.
It was gathered that the APC branded Toyota Sienna vehicle is owned by APC House of Representative candidate in the last general election, Uche Nshii, but his friends in LP were going to Enugu with it.
The sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corp, FRSC, in Ebonyi, Mr Charles Abuochi in an interview confirmed the incident but maintained that details concerning the auto crash were still scanty.
“There is an accident that happened along the Ezzangbo portion of the Abakaliki-Enugu federal highway.
“Our men are still at the scene of the crash to ensure free flow of traffic but preliminary report confirmed that nine persons died on the spot while one person sustained first degrees of injuries and had been rushed to the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki.
“Corpses of deceased victims have been deposited at the mortuary,”Abuochi said.
According to him, the accident victims were party supporters travelling to Enugu to observe the Appeal court ruling on Ebonyi the governorship election petition sitting in Enugu.
He said the driver of the Sienna bus was travelling on a high speed when he lost control of the wheel skidded off his lane and crashed into the articulated vehicles coming from the opposite direction.
Abuochi, who lamented the loss of so many lives in the accident assured of the corps’s readiness to ensure accident free Christmas and New-year celebrations and warned motorists and other road users to obey road traffic laws.
“We sympathise with the families the deceased; but I want to assure the general public that the FRSC is ready and prepared to ensure accident free Yuletide.
“We wish to advise that motorists and other road users comply with road traffic safety standards to ensure safety of lives and property of the passengers. Our men have been fully mobilised and deployed to several accident flashpoints for proper surveillance,” he added.
The caretaker chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Barrister Clement Odaah, who further confirmed the incident attributed the cause of the accident to over-speeding.


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